Rehabilitating the axolotl natural habitat with ancient farming techniques

Lake Xochimilco, where axolotl were once abundant and are now scare, is part of a 6,000 acre area of wetlands which is now a protected area.

Local farmers are returning to a traditional farming technique that involves growing crops on floating rafts made of branches, reeds and nutrient rich mud from the lake. These food growing rafts are called chinampas, and are beneficial not only for the food they help produce, but also for the effects they can have on the ecosystem / wetlands where they’re again being used.

Chinampas are more sustainable for farming than modern techniques, and by growing without the use of pesticides the hope is that the habitat for axolotl and other creatures might be healed, and hopefully lead to a comeback of axolotl in their natural habitat.

Learn more about the efforts to save the axolotl habitat.

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